Beyond the Galaxies

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breath and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3: 14-21

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are humans beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Psalm 8: 3-4 (NRSV)

Have you ever gazed at the endless expanse of stars and felt small? It is hard to grasp the size of our own solar system, much less the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists estimate the existence of two trillion galaxies in the observable universe. The mind-boggling size of the universe can leave us feeling quiet insignificant, especially when we remember that our God simply spoke everything into existence. (See Gen. 1)

When we try to comprehend the size of our physical universe, we realize that we are less than a speck of dust compared to the vastness of creation. It seems that we should be easily lost or forgotten. Trudy Chun, from Texas, ponders as the psalmist did, "What are human beings that you are mindful of them?" Why would God make the universe so big? Why would God care about us compared to all of creation? Perhaps God designed the vast expanse of creation to illustrate the magnitude - the "breadth and length and height and depth" - of God's love for us (see Eph. 3:18). For if the same God who spoke it all into existence would send his own Son to die on our behalf, that love must extend beyond creation itself. And that is truly mind-boggling!

Prayer: Dear God, help us to understand the breadth of your love for us so that we can learn to love you and your creation better, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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